Synopses & Reviews
El Greco (1541and#150;1614), born Domenikos Theotokopoulos, was one of the most fascinating and distinctive artists of the sixteenth century. His works are immediately recognizable for their brilliant colors, elongated figures, and spiritual intensity.
Initially trained in Crete, in around 1567 El Greco moved to Italy where he purportedly studied with Titian. A decade later he is documented in Toledo (south of Madrid), and he spent the rest of his long life in Spain. His paintings and writings offer a thoughtful, frequently inspired response to the varied environments in which he workedand#151;and they reveal that he was deeply engaged with the religious and artistic thinking of his times.
This lavishly illustrated bookand#151;the first comprehensive English-language publication on El Greco in many yearsand#151;addresses the full range of the artistand#8217;s work in painting and sculpture, from his Byzantine icons to his late altarpieces. It considers his personality from both a religious and intellectual point of view, and presents the artistand#8217;s religious, mythological, genre, landscape, and portrait works, providing the historical context in which they were made.
"Essential reading for anyone interested in the life and times of this ever-modern-looking 16th-century ecstatic.and#8221; and#8212;Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
and#8220;El Grecoand#8217;s towering achievements [are] chronicled in both gloriously rich colorplates and fresh commentary. . . . This magnificent volume renews and deepens appreciation for a master painter for all time and all faiths.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist
and#8220;Splendidly produced [and] . . . a pleasure to read.and#8221;and#8212;Victoria Keller, The Art Book
- El Greco is the catalogue for an exhibition organized jointly by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery, London. The exhibition opens in New York in October 2003, and moves to London in February 2004.- Published by the National Gallery, London/Distributed by Yale University Press
This title addresses El Greco's work in painting and sculpture, from his Byzantine icons to his late altarpieces. It considers his personality from both a religious and intellectual point of view, and presents the artist's religious, mythological, genre, landscape, and portrait works.
About the Author
David Davies is a preeminent El Greco scholar who taught at Birkbeck and University College, University of London. Sir John Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Oxford. Gabriele Finaldi is curatorial director of the Museo Nacional del Prado. Keith Christiansen is curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Xavier Bray is an assistant curator at the National Gallery, London.